Friday, June 30, 2017

How much do you really know about moto safety? The answer may surprise you...

Did you know June is National Safety Month?

Even though riding a motorcycle is thrilling, enjoyable, relaxing and exhilarating  it can also be risky. As with most things in life, being prepared is the key to staying safe and avoiding accidents. With the right information, you ride easy knowing how to react if your safety as a rider is ever put in jeopardy. Check out our Motorcycle Safety Trivia Quiz, made with hand-picked questions from go-to safety resources. How much do you really know about motorcycle safety? Click here to take the quiz and find out!
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ATV and Offroad Accounts Everyone Should be Following on Instagram

Who to Follow Series, Episode 2
Right now, there are hundreds of Instagram accounts committed to one thing: bringing the offroad lifestyle and information about the best and newest offroad units to social media. Since there are literally hundreds to thousands of these profiles to sort through, we’ve put together a list of some of the best, most incredible viral profiles we’ve ever seen when it comes to ATVs, UTVs, SxS’s, offroad racing and more. Take a look!


Quad Offroad Life (ATV / SxS) - @Quad_offroad_life

Followers: 196k

Just like their title suggests, this account really is all about the offroad life. The majority of their photos show off new models with insane designs and new set ups.Plus, they have some of the most unbelievable videos of mud escapes we’ve ever seen. - @superatv_com

Followers: 97.9k

The thing about is that they’re not just about offroad vehicles - they’re all about the lifestyle. Whether it’s racing, tricks on crazy terrain, or just great photos of people in action with their ATVs and SxS’s, this account will never leave you bored.

Badass Fourwheelers - @badass_fourwheelers_

Followers: 47.4k

There honestly aren’t many accounts that show quite as many variations, colors and sheer capabilities of units as Badass Fourwheelers. And, to be frank, they’re truly all about simply repping the offroad life for what it’s most well known for: being  ‘badass.’

Quad Lyfe (ATV/SxS Lovers) - @quadlyfe

Followers: 193k

What made Quad Lyfe stand out to us wasn’t necessarily how crazy their pictures were although, trust us, they’re definitely awesome but, the number of different types of offroad vehicles featured on this account is what caught our attention. You’ll see famed units, but you’ll also see certain quads you’ve never seen before, and that’s the kind of stuff we love seeing on our feed.

Cole Richardson - @colerichardson73

Followers: 21.3k

This is definitely one racer no one should ever go without following. Known not only for his jaw-dropping accuracy with his machines and incomparable speeds, this professional ATV racer for Yamaha is only 19 years old, and has already won the ProAm Class (XC2) Championship not once, but twice. His race photos and offroad adventures are documented on his profile, and they’re definitely pics you don’t want to miss. - @sidebysidestuff

Followers: 83.2k

This account? Really pretty straight to-the-point: a bunch of side by side stuff, meant to inspire you to get out there and ride those offroaders. At the same time, if you’re looking to buy a new unit, this is a great place to check out photos, because they always post their pics from a number of angles and perspectives. It’s a win-win, no matter what.

SouthWestRacer Media - @officialdgafdunerz

Followers: 28.1k

As mentioned in their profile bio, you’ll find a little bit of everything on this account, but what makes it truly unique is its countless photos of sand dragsters and sandrails. The types of pictures on this account are honestly unparalleled, and it takes us some effort just to navigate off their profile once we get scrollin’.

ATV Rider - @atvridermagazine

Followers: 55.7k

There are a number of ATV news and lifestyle sources we follow religiously, and ATV Rider Magazine is one of them. They’re not only a great source for breaking news and updates from the offroad world, but they also source out some of the most unbelievable offroad photography and videos, so we couldn’t help but include them in our list.

ATV Trader - @atvtrader2016

Just launched in 2016, we are stoked to announce that ATV Trader now has an official Instagram account, and we couldn’t go without including it in this list. The premier online resource for all your offroad new and used vehicle sales and research needs, ATV Trader is here to provide you with both lifestyle inspiration and the guidance you need when it comes to buying, selling and maintaining your units. Give ‘em a follow - Cycle Trader is proud to have ATV Trader as part of the Trader family, and their Instagram account is an up-and-coming go-to.

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In Case You Missed It: June Moto News

We know you live and breathe motorcycles, but did you see these motorcycle-related news stories from June? Check them out and see which story you think was the highlight of this month.

Ducati released a teaser for the ‘end’ edition of the legendary 1299 Panigale, following the model’s formal unveiling at Laguna Seca on July 7th. The attention-grabbing ad reads the phrase “When The End Tells the Whole Story,” hinting that this may indeed represent the very last edition of the renowned model. How would you feel if this were the last ever Panigale model?

New Mexico, Oregon and Oklahoma are the most recent states to reclassify licensing requirements for the Polaris unit. Drivers now only need to carry a valid automotive driver’s license, rather than an additional motorcycle license or endorsement.

Image: Powersports Business

The company released their lineup of 2018 Motocross and Cross-Country units toward the middle of the month, including the new YZ450F motocross bike, TW200 and XT250 dual-sport motorcycles, and the V-Star 250 Cruiser. Yamaha also grew their offroad powersports unit lineup, including new editions of the Kodiak 450, Kodiak 700, and an all-new Grizzly.

Kawasaki presented the newest, updated edition of the Jet Ski SX-R earlier in June, and people are loving it. The stand-up hasn’t been remade with updates since 2011, and reviews of the launch seem to be going extremely well.

Image: RideApart

Harley-Davidson has announced that they will be instructing an entire town in North Dakota on how to ride a motorcycle. The town, appropriately named ‘Ryder,’ only has a little over 80 residents, around 50 of which who are qualified to actually begin riding. The course is associated with a local Harley dealership, and you can follow the story using the link above.

Kawasaki fined $5.2m for neglecting to report defects

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) has confirmed that Kawasaki will be paying a penalty fine of over $5m to resolve ‘failure to report’ charges. Retailers, manufacturers, and distributors are all required by federal law to file reports of potential defects to units within 24 hours of discovering evidence or receiving related information. More than 30k Teryx models from 2012-2016 were involved, potentially initiating unreasonable risk for riders. Be sure to check and see if your model was included - everyone should know whether or not their vehicle is safe to ride!

At the beginning of the month, thousands of Can-Am Spyder owners came together in Canada to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the revolutionary three-wheeler. Three special edition models were unveiled for the anniversary, all marked by incredible an jet black color with liquid gold accents. Check out more details on both the event and special anniversary models by clicking the link above.

Numerous reports have suggested that Harley is definitely preparing a bid to purchase Italian rival Ducati, and if the purchase were to be made, the joining could be worth up to $1.5b. Only time will tell who the next owners of the Italian producer of unparalleled four-strokes and V-twins.

Which of these news updates is the biggest highlight of the month for you?
What other news caught your attention this month? Comment and let us know!

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Rider Magazine Presents: 2017 Bagger Comparison Review

2017 Bagger Comparison Review: 

Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs. Indian Chieftain Dark Horse vs. Moto Guzzi MGX-21

By Greg Drevenstedt
June 1st, 2017

This article contains content fully attributed to Rider Magazine and their writers. Click here to read the article on their website, and for more exclusive info from this go-to moto news source.

From left to right are the Indian, the Harley-Davidson and the Moto Guzzi, each looking elegant yet menacing in various shades of black. These baggers are long on style and long between the axles, perfect for cruising down the boulevard or chasing the sunset. (Photos by Kevin Wing)

Harley-Davidson, Indian and Moto Guzzi are three of the most storied brands in motorcycling. 

Each has origins dating to the early part of the 20th century and a rich history filled with racing victories, engineering and styling innovations and iconic motorcycles. Harley and Indian built motorcycles in the 1930s that defined what a cruiser should be, with a big V-twin, a low seat, a wide handlebar and a laidback, feet-forward riding position. Despite being Italy’s oldest motorcycle company, Moto Guzzi is no stranger to American-style cruisers. It’s been making bikes such as the California, Ambassador, Eldorado and Nevada for the U.S. market since the 1970s, and Guzzi’s current lineup includes five cruiser models.

All three baggers have handlebar-mounted hard fairings with short windscreens, but only the Indian’s is electrically adjustable. With no fairing lowers, the rider enjoys wind protection only from the waist to the shoulders.
These three baggers are not run-of-the-mill cruisers. Each offers a different spin on the idea of a factory custom. This particular Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special is bedazzled with a Hard Candy Black Gold Flake paint job that adds a cool $3,000 to the sticker price. By way of contrast, the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is a stripped-down version of the Chieftain that’s matte black from stem to stern and costs $2,000 less than the standard model. And for something completely different, there’s the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress, a bagger seemingly designed for Batman with sharply pointed wing tips on its fairing, a big 21-inch front wheel and carbon fiber on the front wheel, front fender, gas tank and saddlebags.

Our test riders take a break to discuss the bikes’ handling characteristics… and more importantly, to decide on where they want to go for lunch!
How these bikes look while leaned over on their sidestands is important, but also a matter of personal preference. We’re more interested in how they perform out on the road, so we packed their saddlebags and headed into the hills for a couple days. We recorded our subjective impressions and applied our usual weights and measures to determine how they stack up as touring machines. You’ll find the nitty-gritty details about each bike in the sidebars, dyno graphs and spec charts. Read on to learn about the bikes’ relative strengths and weaknesses and to find out which one came out on top.

Nothing beats a ride in the country during springtime! As seen on the Moto Guzzi in the foreground, all three bikes have audio systems built into their fairings. We found the small, sharp-edged buttons on the Moto Guzzi’s right and left switchpods difficult to use.
Functional differences between these three became readily apparent before we even left the parking lot. In terms of packing space, saddlebag capacity is similar for the Harley (65 liters) and Indian (69 liters), both of which have top-loading bags that can be opened and closed with one hand and left unlocked; the Indian has the added bonus of remotely activated locks. Although the Moto Guzzi’s saddlebags look big, they hold just 58 liters, their interiors are shallow, their side-opening lids are inconvenient and their locks require two hands to operate (and they can’t be left unlocked). Also, moving these big bikes around the garage or parking lot isn’t easy. Both the Harley and Indian weigh in at 823 pounds, fully gassed. Despite weighing 39 pounds less, the Moto Guzzi feels massive. It requires the most effort to lift off its sidestand and, due to a steering damper mounted below the triple clamp that reduces wheel flop, the handlebar feels very stiff when moving it back and forth. And at a parking lot pace, the Moto Guzzi feels the most top-heavy and ungainly.

To paraphrase John Muir, the road is calling and we must go! Lining up the bikes nose-to-tail clearly shows the relative sizes of their front wheels as well as the different shapes of their saddlebags.

At stoplights, the V-twins that power these baggers rumble authoritatively. Dropping them into first gear is accompanied by a loud clunk, and each pulls away from a stop swiftly thanks to loads of low-end torque. The 107ci Harley and 111ci Indian belt out more than 100 lb-ft of torque between 1,900 and 3,400 rpm, while the 84ci Moto Guzzi churns out about 80 lb-ft of torque from 2,300 to 5,500 rpm. The Harley and Indian prefer to be short-shifted while the Guzzi can be revved out more. Throttle-by-wire is the norm here, with good fuel metering and standard cruise control across the board. These bikes purr at highway speeds and feel tailor-made for wide-open spaces, but they have unique personalities. The Harley feels the most refined, the most responsive and does the best job of managing engine heat. The Indian is the torque king and has the most resonant rumble, but it also puts out a lot of heat and its exhaust can be loud. With its rev-me-up nature, multiple engine maps and muted sound, the Guzzi’s engine seems out of place on a bagger.

The Jett Tuning dyno chart shows the horsepower differences, with the Moto Guzzi only coming out on top much higher in the rev range.
Nimble handling may not top the list of criteria for many bagger buyers, but all else being equal, most of us prefer a motorcycle that feels graceful on a twisty, scenic road. The gyroscopic effect of the Guzzi’s 21-inch and the Harley’s 19-inch front wheels contribute to their overall stability (the Indian rolls on a 16-incher), but also make them more resistant to initial turn-in. All three have fork-mounted fairings packed with headlights, instrument panels and audio systems with speakers, which adds weight to the steering equation. The Moto Guzzi’s handlebar is the widest, giving it plenty of steering leverage, but it’s also the farthest away from the rider, requiring stretched-out arms that put tension in the shoulders. Also, the combination of the MGX-21’s large front wheel and extended rake meant that we constantly had to muscle it through turns and never felt as comfortable or as confident as we did on the other two. Both the Harley and the Indian have handlebars that are closer to the rider for a more relaxed riding position, and both are less taxing when ridden on tight, technical roads. All three have strong triple-disc brakes with standard ABS.

The Indian comes out on top in terms of torque, with a strong pull right off the line.

These bikes’ fairings provide protection for the hands and chest, but with their short windscreens and lack of fairing lowers, windblast hits the rider above the shoulders and below the waist. Although the Moto Guzzi’s windscreen is more of a styling element than a functional one, airflow around the fairing is smooth. The windscreens on the Harley and Indian (the Indian’s is also electrically adjustable) deflect more wind than the Guzzi’s, but noise and turbulence can be issues on both bikes depending on rider height and prevailing conditions. Taller accessory screens are available for all three bikes.

Helmet: Bell Qualifier
Jacket: Joe Rocket Ballistic Adventure
Pants: Aerostich Darien
Boots: TCX Air Tech

Helmet: Arai Quantum-X
Jacket: Fly Butane 4
Pants: Aerostich AD-1
Boots: Joe Rocket Meteor FX

Helmet: Shoei GT-Air
Jacket: iXS Nemesis
Pants: Olympia X-Moto
Boots: Dainese Long Range

The profile photos above show the seating position of each bike, though bear in mind that all three riders are not the same size. The Harley (top) and Indian (center) have long floorboards that allow riders to adjust their foot position (though the Harley’s heel shifter limits space), and their dished seats are low and forward. The Indian’s handlebar is closest to the rider, followed by the Harley. The Moto Guzzi (bottom) has the most stretched out cockpit, with the farthest reach to the handlebar and a long, flat, tall seat. It’s the only bike here with footpegs, and its fairing is the farthest away from the rider and offers the least amount of wind protection.

With their handlebars and fairings positioned closer to the rider and their spacious floorboards, the Harley and Indian have relaxed riding positions, though our tall test riders wished the seats allowed them to sit farther back. The Moto Guzzi feels the most stretched out, with a flat, supportive seat that’s also wide, making it harder to get flat-footed at stops since it’s the tallest at 29.1 inches (compared to 27 inches on the Harley and 26 inches on the Indian). Also, the Guzzi’s footpegs are positioned just aft of the protruding cylinders, which limits legroom.

We answered the road’s call and enjoyed two days of back road exploration, with the hills pleasantly green thanks to steady winter rains. Each of these baggers strikes its own balance between style and functionality.
With generous suspension travel ›front and rear and well-controlled damping, the Indian offers the best ride quality, hands down. Between the Harley and Guzzi, it’s a split decision. The Harley has the superior fork, a beefy Showa unit that offers excellent compliance, but its 2.1 inches of rear suspension travel—less than half that of the others—means that choppy pavement can be jarring. The Guzzi, on the other hand, has a fork that isn’t quite up to the task of dealing with its large front wheel and heavy fairing, while its rear shocks soak up bumps fairly well.

The outcome of the comparison test surprised us. Given our past experiences with Moto Guzzis, we expected to like the MGX-21 more than we do. But its bold styling comes at the expense of handling and comfort, and except for cruising on straight highways, none of us warmed up to it. If you want a bagger with swagger that’s also enjoyable to ride, the choice comes down to the Harley or the Indian. The Indian has the best chassis and suspension among V-twin touring cruisers, but its big, air-cooled engine, as torque-rich and satisfying as it may be, puts out too much heat. With its new Milwaukee-Eight engine and Showa suspension, as well as its timeless style and full complement of touring amenities, the Harley-Davidson proved to be best all-around bagger in this group.

In-Depth: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.
Like other Touring models in Harley-Davidson’s lineup, the best-selling Street Glide and Street Glide Special have been on a steady path of evolution over the past few years. Project Rushmore brought improvements in power, handling, safety, wind protection, comfort, convenience, infotainment and styling. For 2017, the big leap forward is the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, which runs cooler thanks to precision oil-cooled cylinder heads, pumps out more torque and is smoother, quieter and more fuel-efficient. The air/oil-cooled, 45-degree V-twin displaces 1,746cc (107ci), has belt final drive and, on Jett Tuning’s dyno, made 77 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 106 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm at the rear wheel. It’s mated to a new assist-and-slipper wet clutch and a 6-speed transmission. Also new for 2017 is Showa suspension, with a non-adjustable Dual Bending Valve fork and a pair of emulsion rear shocks with a remote preload adjuster.

The Street Glide Special is the only bike in this comparison with a touchscreen infotainment/navigation system, though one is available on the standard Indian Chieftain. To the right of the screen is a media compartment with USB port. The white-faced analog gauges are classy and easy to read, and the inset LCD displays trip functions.
The standard Street Glide has a base price of $20,999, and the Street Glide Special tested here, which adds the Boom! Box 6.5GT touchscreen audio/navigation system, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS and Smart Security System, has a base price of $23,699. If you want something other than Vivid Black, basic colors add $500, custom colors add $1,200 and Hard Candy Custom colors, like the Black Gold Flake on our test bike, add $3,000.

New for 2017 is Showa suspension, with a non-adjustable Dual Bending Valve fork and a pair of emulsion rear shocks with a remote preload adjuster.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Specs
Base Price: $23,699

Price as Tested: $26,699 (Hard Candy Custom Color)

Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles



Type: Air/oil-cooled, transverse 45-degree V-twin

1,746cc (107ci)

Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 111.1mm

Compression Ratio:

Valve Train:
OHV, 4 valves per cyl.

Valve Insp. Interval:
NA (self-adjusting)

Fuel Delivery:
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection

Lubrication System: Dry sump, 5.2-qt. cap.

Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated assist-and-slipper clutch

Final Drive:


Ignition: Electronic

Charging Output:
625 watts max.

Battery: 12V 28AH


Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle w/ two-piece backbone, steel swingarm

Wheelbase: 64.0 in.

Rake/Trail: 26 degrees/6.8 in.

Seat Height: 27.0 in.

Suspension, Front: 49mm stanchions, no adj., 4.6-in. travel

Rear: Dual shocks, adj. preload w/ remote knob, 2.1-in. travel

Brakes, Front:
Dual 300mm floating discs w/ opposed 4-piston calipers, fully linked & ABS

Rear: Single 300mm fixed disc w/ opposed 4-piston caliper, fully linked & ABS

Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 19 in.

Cast, 5.00 x 16 in.

Tires, Front: 130/60-B19


Wet Weight: 823 lbs.

Load Capacity: 537 lbs.

1,360 lbs.


Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on

MPG: 91 PON min. (low/avg/high) 33.7/37.0/39.7

Estimated Range: 222 miles

Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 2,300

In-Depth: 2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse.

When the Chieftain debuted for 2014, it was the first hard fairing-equipped motorcycle to carry an Indian badge. With its Art Deco styling, integrated driving lights and electrically adjustable windscreen, the Chieftain’s handlebar-mounted fairing won’t be confused with that of any other bagger. Backed by Polaris Industries, the reinvigorated Indian expanded its touring lineup, introducing the full-dresser Roadmaster for 2015 and the Chieftain Dark Horse for 2016. All are powered by the air-cooled, 49-degree Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin, which displaces 1,811cc (111ci), has belt final drive and made 75 horsepower at 4,100 rpm and 109 lb-ft torque at 2,400 rpm at the rear wheel. The wet clutch is cable-actuated and the transmission has six gears.

The Dark Horse’s central LCD display is info-rich (it includes tire pressure and much more) but can be difficult to read in bright sunlight. The touchscreen Ride Command infotainment/navigation system is only available on the standard Chieftain and Roadmaster models. Button on the right turns on the driving lights; button on the tank is for keyless ignition.

The Chieftain Dark Horse, which is only available in matte Thunder Black Smoke, has a base price of $21,999, and standard equipment includes ABS, tire-pressure monitoring, remote saddlebag locks, keyless ignition and an AM/FM/Bluetooth/USB audio system. Stepping up to the standard Chieftain ($23,999-$25,199, depending on color) adds a passenger seat and pegs, a taller windscreen, highway bars and the 7-inch, touchscreen Ride Command infotainment/navigation system.

Despite its hefty weight, the Chieftain Dark Horse was a pleasant ride on the twisty mountain roads.

2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Specs

Base Price: $21,999

1 yr., unltd. miles



Type: Air-cooled, transverse 49-degree V-twin

Displacement: 1,811cc (111ci)

Bore x Stroke:
101.0 x 113.0mm

Compression Ratio:

Valve Train: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.

Valve Insp. Interval:
NA (self-adjusting)

Fuel Delivery:
Electronic fuel injection

Lubrication System: Semi-wet sump, 5.5-qt. cap.

6-speed, cable-actuated wet clutch

Final Drive:


Ignition: Electronic

Charging Output:
812 watts max.

12V 18AH


Frame: Modular aluminum backbone w/ cast aluminum swingarm

Wheelbase: 65.7 in.

25 degrees/5.9 in.

Seat Height: 26.0 in.

Suspension, Front: 46mm stanchions, no adj., 4.7-in. travel

Rear: Single shock, air-adj. preload, 4.5-in. travel

Brakes, Front: Dual 300mm discs w/ 4-piston opposed calipers & ABS

Single 300mm disc w/ 2-piston pin-slide caliper & ABS

Wheels, Front:
Cast, 3.50 x 16 in.

Cast, 5.00 x 16 in.

Tires, Front: 130/90-H16

Rear: 180/60-H16

Wet Weight: 823 lbs.

Load Capacity:
562 lbs.

GVWR: 1,385 lbs.


Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on

91 PON min. (low/avg/high) 31.6/35.7/42.9

Estimated Range: 196 miles

Indicated RPM at 60 MPH:

In-Depth: 2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress.

Moto Guzzi named its big bagger after the Boeing B-17 that dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft during World War II. An odd choice perhaps, but then again, the Italian manufacturer likes to do things its own way. Unlike the more traditional Harley-Davidson and Indian, with their V-twin cylinders arranged fore and aft around a transverse crankshaft, Moto Guzzi’s 90-degree V-twin has cylinder heads thrust out into the air on each side and a longitudinal crankshaft, which causes the MGX-21 to rock to the right side when the throttle is blipped at idle. With the smallest displacement in this comparison at 1,380cc (84ci) and a sportier state of tune, on the dyno the Guzzi posted the highest peak horsepower (87 at 6,400 rpm) but the lowest peak torque (82 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm). Power is sent to the rear wheel through a hydraulically actuated dry, single-plate clutch, a 6-speed transmission and a cardan shaft final drive.

With the small speedo and tach needles hidden behind inset digital displays, they can be hard to see at a glance. The left LCD shows audio functions; the right LCD shows speed, fuel level, gear position and various trip functions. Behind the small door below the gauges is a USB port.

The MGX-21 is a radically styled iteration of Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 cruiser line, which also includes the Custom, Touring, Audace and Eldorado models. Base price for the MGX-21 is $21,990, and standard equipment includes Brembo brakes with ABS, three engine maps (fast, touring and rain), three-level traction control and an AM/FM/Bluetooth/USB audio system.

Yes, Virginia, that’s real carbon fiber.

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress Specs

Base Price: $21,990

Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles



Type: Air/oil-cooled, longitudinal 90-degree V-twin

Displacement: 1,380cc (84ci)

Bore x Stroke:
104.0 x 81.2mm

Compression Ratio: 10.5:1

Valve Train: SOHC, 4 valves per cyl.

Valve Insp. Interval:
900 miles, then every 6,000 miles

Fuel Delivery: Multipoint sequential EFI w/ 52mm throttle body

Lubrication System:
Wet sump, 4.3-qt. cap.

6-speed, hydraulically actuated dry clutch

Final Drive:
Shaft, 3.6:1


Ignition: Digital electronic

Charging Output: 550 watts max.

Battery: 12V 18AH


Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle frame w/ cast aluminum swingarm

Wheelbase: 66.9 in.

Rake/Trail: 32 degrees/7.4 in.

Seat Height: 29.1 in.

Suspension, Front: 45mm stanchions, no adj., 4.2-in. travel

Rear: Dual shocks, adj. spring preload (remote), 4.6-in. travel

Brakes, Front:
Dual 320mm discs w/ 4-piston opposed radial calipers & ABS

Rear: Single 282mm disc w/ 2-piston pin-slide caliper & ABS

Wheels, Front:
Cast, 3.50 x 21 in.

Rear: Cast, 5.50 x 16 in.

Tires, Front:

Rear: 180/60-R16

Wet Weight: 784 lbs.

Load Capacity: 431 lbs.

GVWR: 1,215 lbs.


Fuel Capacity: 5.4 gals., last 1.3 gals. warning light on

MPG: 91 PON min. (low/avg/high) 32.5/36.2/41.0

Estimated Range:
196 miles
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Red Bud Is Almost Here....Will You Be There?

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Red Bud is this weekend!
Once you see this hype video, you won't want to miss this incredible event...

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Race Team Recap: 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Races

The CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha team came into the fifth round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at Muddy Creek Raceway back in full force after Heath Harrison returned from a week off due to injury. The team was riding a high note after Dean Ferris put it on the podium one week before at High Point, providing some extra motivation for the rest of the squad heading into the weekend. 

Bradley Taft and Lorenzo Locurcio were eager to improve their results in the 250 class and Harrison was aiming to get back into the swing of things in the 450 class after taking some time off of the bike in order to recover from his injury. Incessant threats of rain plagued the morning practice sessions and created challenging conditions for the riders, but the CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha team remained unfazed. Harrison settled back into the pace of the 450 class, clocking the nineteenth fastest time with a 1:58.136. In the 250 class, Taft also landed inside the top twenty with a 1:55.549 as Locurcio battled through an illness in order to set the twenty-fourth fastest time -- a 1:57.617.

The east coast humidity was in full effect due to the moisture of the impending rainfall, creating brutal conditions for the day of racing. In the 250 class, Locurcio and Taft both managed decent starts that put them inside the top twenty as the gate dropped on the first moto. The pair of Yamaha teammates found themselves in seventeenth and eighteenth place, respectively. Locurcio charged in the early stages of the moto, moving forward a couple of places into fourteenth spot by the third lap, but he was struggling with energy due to a sickness. The Venezuelan showed his speed in the early stages and put together a spirited ride in order to hold onto a finish inside the top twenty, eventually crossing the line in eighteenth place at the checkered flag. Taft battled on the edge of the top twenty for the opening portion of the race, swapping positions back and forth with a slew of riders until the midway point of the race, but an eventual mistake forced him towards the back of the pack. The Missourian did his best to recover and fought back to thirty-second place by the end of the moto. 

As the gate dropped on the second 250 moto, Locurcio found himself in eighteenth spot yet again as he immediately inserted his CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha in the battle for the top twenty. Meanwhile, Taft secured a start just outside the top twenty, settling into twenty-fourth place on the opening lap. Locurcio’s early moto charge was on again as he carved his way through the field, battling up to fifteenth position by the sixth lap of the race. Shortly thereafter, his illness caught up with him yet again, but he remained determined and held on for a sixteenth place finish, making slight improvements off the first moto in a gritty ride that secured him eighteenth overall. Taft also charged forward in the early stages of the moto, working his way into the top twenty by the sixth lap of the race. The rookie was involved in a fierce battle inside the top twenty that lasted throughout the midway point, eventually shuffling him back outside of the points scoring positions yet again. He remained undeterred and put in a late charge, securing nineteenth spot in the latter stages of the race in order to salvage a twenty-first overall.

Locurcio commented “The day went ok, I came in sick so I was just looking forward to get through the day and get as many points as I could. Practice didn't go well but I managed to qualify twenty-fourth. The first moto I was up there around fifteenth and I just had trouble to breathing and dropped down to eighteenth. The second moto was better, I was able to push more and ended sixteenth. 
I’m looking forward to recovering this week and going to Red Bud!”

“My speed just isn’t where it needs to be. My fitness is getting better each weekend,
I just need to work on some things and improve every weekend.” said Taft.

In the 450 class, Harrison’s Yamaha carried him to a start within the top fifteen at what would be considered his home race in Muddy Creek. The Alabama native was involved in a fierce battle at the beginning of the moto, swapping positions with Ronnie Stewart and Dakota Alix. He quickly worked his way into fourteenth position, but Alix took the position one lap later. Harrison clung onto the rear fender of the KTM and remained steadfast in fifteenth position, but his fitness still wasn’t at one hundred percent due to the time he took off the bike. 

In the waning stages of the moto, he dropped back to seventeenth place and salvaged some valuable points for the championship in the process. As the gate dropped on the second 450 moto, Harrison found himself just inside the top fifteen yet again. He fought hard to push towards the top ten in the early stages of the moto, briefly moving up to thirteenth position on the third lap. The CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha rider remained inside the top fifteen for the first half of the race, but during the second half of the moto his fitness caught up with him yet again. 

Nonetheless, he remained determined to score a solid finish and crossed the line in seventeenth place yet again, clinching eighteenth overall in the process. Harrison commented “I struggled a little bit today, I went 17-17 and haven't ridden much since my ankle injury the week after Colorado, so I was stoked to be back at the races and ready to put in more work for the rest of the season.”

The CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha team is heading into the sixth round of the series at the fan favorite, Red Bud, in Buchanan, Michigan. Heath Harrison will be continuing to improve as he nears full fitness following his ankle injury after the third round of the season, aiming to inch closer towards the top ten in the 450 class. In the 250 class, the pair of rookies will continue to learn and improve as they capture valuable championship points as the second half of the season approaches.

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